Education
7:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ISU President Out After Eight Months-Gets $480,000 Severance

New ISU President Larry Dietz
Credit Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan has resigned after eight months on the job.

Flanagan is being investigated by ISU police after a former campus employee accused him of assault.  

He stepped down during a special Board of Trustees meeting Saturday. The resignation took effect immediately.  

A statement on the university's website says Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Dietz was named to replace him. Dietz was given a three year contract to become the President. He had been a finalist a year ago in the search where Flanagan was selected.

Flanagan will receive a severance package of $480,000.  Dietz will be paid $350,000 per year.

The university's web post  includes a brief statement from Flanagan in which he says he appreciated working with students and faculty but that after discussion with the board he's decided it would be best to "pursue other opportunities.''

The complaint filed against him, accuses Flanagan of assaulting a former employee while complaining about the care of the president's lawn.

ISU Chief of Staff Jay Groves said the university would have no additional comment.